Drawing of Sammy, a sleepy cat in ballpoint pen

Ink drawing of Sammy the catThis is Sammy, a 15 year old cat. It looks like he’s settling into a calmer lifestyle in his old age!

Looking at it now, I think I could have gone on sketching a bit further on its back and paws. I think that the background and fur turned out fine, though. I really enjoy how “aggressively” you can draw with a ballpoint pen. Just going a little crazy with jerky pen-spasms until the lines flow into a figurative drawing. I think that this might be one of the reasons that my pen-sketches turn out so much better than my watercolors. Paintings calls for calm and soft movements, whereas the ballpoint pen just yells “attack”..
It’s sort of a calm scene for such a dynamic “style”, though.. I didn’t really think about that πŸ˜‰

I’m still up for collaborating with other bloggers! If you blog about cats, your rock collection, nature photography or mosquitos and would like me to draw one of your photos, let me know πŸ™‚


56 thoughts on “Drawing of Sammy, a sleepy cat in ballpoint pen”

  1. I love it………Sammy spends a lot of time relaxing these days and often has a sleepy look about him even when he’s up and playing. Thank you so much for this lovely gift – I’ll treasure it always. You even captured his “extra toes” !


  2. Your drawings are beautiful! Oh to have a talent like you have. I am a good friend of Sammy and was so happy to see your drawing of him. His extra toesies are oh so cute.

  3. I saw your drawing on Sammy’s blog and it is great, the expression is perfect. You are very talented. Would you draw me?

  4. Again another wonderful capture Thomas ..Sammy is a wonderful bloggie friend and indeed this has got the essence of him πŸ™‚ I would be honoured if you ever wanted to use one of the many Kangaroos that grace our property here πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. You did a great job on our friends, Sammy and Kali! There are eight of us cats over at our blog. Any of us would love to have you do a drawing. Keep up the beautiful work you do. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo from http://www.thecatonmyhead.com

  6. Deer Mistur Thomas yur drawin iss berry good of mee ‘Unccle’ Sammy! Hee iss a wunderfull Unccle an you captured his sweet nature fur sure.
    Mee allso likes Kali’ss drawin. Shee iss mee Cuss-inn.
    Fankss fur doin such cool werk.
    Sinseerlee ‘Purrince’ Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=
    (Thee Purrfect Pad)

  7. Mee-you MEE??? You wood like to draw mee Mistur Thomas?? Mee, a humbull kittyboy…thiss wood bee pawsum….how can mee send you mee faverite foto so you can sketchy it?? Thiss could bee a sirprise fur mee LadyMum πŸ˜‰
    Purrince Siddhartha =^,.^=

  8. Mee-you it will bee easier fur mee to email you here an then you can email yur addy an mee can get thee foto an send it to you….
    Thiss iss BERRY xcitin!!! Fank you Mistur Thomas…
    Sinseerlee Purrince Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

    • Thanks a lot! I Do you happen to have any of your drawings online? I relaly like those that your father has done. I see that he illustrated a lot of historical topics! Did he work for a newspaper in particular? I’ll write you on the list for a drawing of your cat and/or dog. Maybe I’ll do both πŸ™‚


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